Kellen Williams is a 30 year old 194cm forward from Seattle, Washington that is playing his sixth professional season and third with RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf (Germany-ProB). He played at E.Washington (NCAA) form 2005-2008 playing a total of 87 NCAA games. In 2008, he came to Germany and played for BC Energie Zwickau (Germany-Regionalliga) until 2010. He then played two seasons for Eintracht Stahnsdorf. Last season he returned to BC Energie Zwickau (Germany-Regionalliga, starting five): 16 games: 21.6ppg, 15.4rpg, 2.4apg. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball after the 60-57 win against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.
Congrats on the 60-57 win in game one against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. Were you sure that the last second shot by Richard Thomas would go in after he released it?
Well I have seen him hit winning shots before and I wasn´t sure if it would go in. It was definitely very exciting to win the game like that.
In 2011-2012, you had 15 and 10 stats with Eintracht Stahnsdorf. Didn´t you get better offers, because you returned back to the Regionaliga?
My agent was shopping me around to teams and then it was too late to get signed by Pro B teams, so I decided to ask my old coach at Zwickau and I played there last season. I wanted to stay in Germany.
Are you disappointed that you haven´t been able to play at a higher level?
I am content at the Pro B level even though I wouldn´t mind playing at a higher level. But I am 30 now and I want to play four more years. I am winding my career down.
What is it like working with experienced head coach Peter Guenschel who was a long time assistant at Bonn?
He is a perfectionist and is hard on us. He really pushes us, but it helps us. I have learned a lot from him like keeping me aware of what I do best as well as my offensive rebounding and being a leader.
You are an undersized forward. What is a hidden strength in your game?
Being quick on the ball and my rebounding which I do well for my size. I think it is something that you can´t be taught.
How did Mike Burns at East Washington prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
He wanted me to expand my range and had me shoot the three pointer. He knew that I could play at the next level and he made sure that I stayed extra after practice and shoot the three.
Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA?
I played against Lebron James in AAU and was teammates with Marvin Williams. In the NCAA I played against the 2008 national championship team Kansas that had Mario Chalmers, Darrell Arthur and Brandon Rush.
You were teammates with Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey at East Washington. How sure were you that he would be a #1 NBA Draft Pick?
We all came in even, but as the season went on, one could see that he would blossom and turn into something good. I had the same feeling with Aaron Brooks who was my high school teammate.
What was the most amazing thing you remember Rodney Stuckey doing on the court?
He put up 40 against Northern Arizona just hitting three pointers and driving all game long.
What goal do you still have as a player?
I still want to help a team move up the next level.
Who wins a one on one you or Richard Thomas?
I think it would be very even. He is more a perimeter player and I am more a post player.
How tough is it having no NBA basketball in Seattle?
It is tough, because you have nothing to look forward to when I come home. If I want to see NBA basketball then I have to travel south to Portland.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
300. It was a great movie.
Thanks Kellen for the chat.